Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Bodhi's got this one right...

something's wrong with this picture.

Americans love the American flag. Most do, anyway. If you wanted, you could get a flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Congress sends out these certificates with each flag, saying "Hey, this flag really was flown over the Capitol. No kidding." I'm paraphrasing, but that's the jist of it.

You can also add a message to the certificate. Paul Larochelle ordered a flag to give it to his Army veteran grandfather. He wanted the certificate to say, "This flag was flown in honor of Marcel Larochelle, my grandfather, for his dedication and love of God, country and family."

Not so fast, son. You can't have it. "God" is not allowed. One of the 14 rules the Flag Office Services has is
"... religious expressions are not permitted on flag certificates."

The rule says that you cannot request the word "God" to be put on a certificate that you order and pay for. I can only guess that is to separate the church from the State. Because nothing says "establishment of religion" like ordering a certificate and having the word "God" printed on it.

That would be oppressive.

Now consider

A resolution recognizing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and expressing the "deepest respect to Muslims in the United States and throughout the world" was adopted in the U.S. House of Representatives October 2 by a vote of 376-0.

Congress refuses to print a certificate to recognize a veteran's love of God, but they will pass a resolution telling us how great Islam is to America. Courtesy of your Nancy Pelosi Congress, the most ethical in history.

God bless.

This makes me sorry, sad, sick and disgusted all at the same time.